Inspiration Everywhere!

Earlier this month, my husband and I celebrated 50 years of marriage. We’d planned to go to Hawaii, but with COVID 19, foreign travel was off the table. Since we still wanted to do something special, we flew ‘Business Class’ to Vancouver, a treat in itself. There, we stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel for two nights. Why only two nights?

Because we’d opted to make our all Canadian vacation a Rocky Mountaineer experience. The luxury train has several different routes. The one we chose went from Vancouver, British Columbia to Jasper, Alberta. From there, we took tour buses to explore Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff. We then flew home from Calgary.

The trip was everything we’d hoped it would be. The service, the food, the hotels, and the views were all magnificent, inspiring me as I hoped they would. Still, the people we met on our journey were what made the trip truly magical.

With COVID restrictions in place, we were a much smaller group than we would’ve been. In our train car, there were about 30 people, giving us lots of space both in the seat section and in the dining car where we were all able to eat at the same time. It was there that we truly got to know some of our fellow travelers, most of whom were from the United States.We didn’t worry about sharing space with them. All of our American friends were double vaccinated and had a negative COVID test in order to fly to Canada. In addition, everyone on the train had to take a COVID Rapid Test the night before we left Vancouver. Essentially, masked unless eating or drinking, we were as safe as we could be.

Unbelievably Gorgeous Scenery

Words alone can’t capture the majesty of what we saw, and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Canadian Rockies with the Columbia Icefield in the Distance

A Visual Writer

If you’ve read any of my books, you know that I am a descriptive writer. I like to take my readers into the story, using words to show them what I see. This vacation has provided me with material for at least two books, Forever in my Heart and Emerald Glow.

Similarly, the people I met on the trip have inspired me as well and you’ll meet some of them when I finish Emerald Glow, my newest book for the Cute But Crazy 4 box set. There’s Teresa and Arnold, Donna and Ed, Linda and Fred, Ken and Cindy, and the Minnesota Lindas. Each will play a role in the story of my adventures. Watch for it later this fall.

In the meantime, today marks the release of a new boxset from the ABB, Sweet & Sassy Falling Into Love. This is a small set, but it’s jampacked with excellent romances including my latest, Make Mine a Manhattan. Like Emerald Glow, it describes what I saw the last time I was fortunate enough to visit New York City. Hopefully the book will not only make you laugh, it’ll whet your appetite to visit the Big Apple and see for yourself everything it has to offer.

That’s it for me. Hope you have a pleasant autumn and I’ll see you in October!


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About Susanne Matthews

I'm a retired high school English teacher turned author. I'm Canadian. My husband and I have been married 48 years and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, as well as 2 step-grandchildren.  I enjoy traveling, especially somewhere warm in winter.

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